Guys, I Know What I’m Gonna Do Today!

It’s Sunday here in the Philippines, and I know what I’m gonna do.  I’m going to download and print a bunch of copies of this plotting worksheet that wifosaurus posted on her writing blog (I encourage you guys to do that too).  And while I’m printing them (three hundred copies isn’t too much, right?), I’m also going to work on this one fantasy/might be sci-fi novel idea I’ve been tinkering with using Jim Butcher’s writing tips to see how effective it really is for getting my creativity flowing.

Either that, or I’ll try and finish reading Freakonomics by the end of the weekend – part of my initiative to read at least six non-fiction books by the end of the year.

Yeah, I’m flexible.  I won’t beat myself up because I read instead of wrote or wrote instead of read.  As far as I’m concerned, they’re both important to my life; they both count as productivity in my (proverbial) book.

Either way, I KNOW WHAT I’M GONNA DO TODAY.  You guys have any plans too?

I am Stalking Maria Popova on Twitter and I will Never Regret It

So remember when I mentioned somewhere that I’ve gotten into BrainPickings?  It ended up being my excuse to stalk the awesome brainpicker Maria Popova on Twitter.

Don’t look at me like that.  We all know that Twitter is for stalking people.  I stalk Neil Gaiman and Nathan Fillion there too.  It’s totally not weird.

Anyway, following Miz Popova (only I call her that, in my head, without her knowing) on Twitter lets me see what really catches her (often discerning) attention.  Today, one of those things happened to be book-friendly seats.  (CLICK IT!  Such things of beauty, I tell you!)

I want the one in the exact center.

As if that weren’t enough that same link led me to an old BrainPickings post on re-imagining bookshelves, which I find absolutely magical.

A magical bookshelf, shaped like a tree
Whose bodies do I have to offer to the gods to have this in the living room?  And which gods?

So yeah.  I will NEVER regret stalking Maria Popova.  She shares so many pretty things and pretty thoughts.  I recommend that you either stalk her on Twitter too, or at least wander around her site BrainPickings.  I found some of the absolute best reads of my life there.

Why I’m Only Posting Now (aka Problem with Being a Reader)

When DID I last post on this blog?  I think it was Christmas-ish?  Damn, that was months ago!

I have really good reasons for doing that, I promise.  At least, I think they are.  My ability to judge the value of things can be unreliable at best.  That being said, I believe the grounds for my absence are still valid – especially considering the fact that about half of it involves stuff that I can write about here (not that I’ve given myself time to write here).

If you’re curious, here’s the abridged version of my various distractions:

  • my brother bought me a doohickey that holds my books open (I will post more about it later), which got me reading tons of those bigger books I’ve been ignoring.
  • after enjoying said doohickey for about a month and a half, I broke down and finally bought myself a Kindle Touch via the awesome supplier NKRX (who I heard about through my friend Dana)…
  • then I proceeded to upload tons of books that I likely won’t be able to finish reading until my birthday
  • actually, I’m still putting books in my Kindle (which, by the way, I call “Del” after the Delirium/Delight character in Gaiman’s Sandman series; I feel the name is apt)
  • meanwhile, I have just finished reading all of The Dresden Files stories so far (Cold Days.  So far away!) and I have become so horribly addicted that I’m consoling myself with its entry on TVTropes.  And we all know what a time sink THAT site is.
  • The Night Circus ignited my fangirl mode too, but since it gave me proper closure, I’m doing nothing more than playing the promotional game associated with it (aside: more books should totally have something like this!)
  • I also happened to read the latest Sweet Valley book.  I am not linking to it because I never want to repeat that experience again.

As if that’s not enough:

  • my job as a copywriter has evolved in a way that has made it imperative for me to research topics I have never researched before
  • which is awesome, because I really like reading stuff about things I never really heard of before
  • but then it triggered a frenzy of reading articles related to business, productivity, technology, and the like (so hello GigaOm, LifeHacker, and Mashable)
  • it also got me a little hooked on sites that could potentially help me improve in my line of work (Contently and Copyblogger in particular are mesmerizing)
  • so, in an attempt to avoid becoming a total workaholic, I started reading stuff on BrainPickings.  Which was probably a mistake because now I can’t feel uplifted without it.
  • meanwhile, the creative writing bug gets a hold of me again, and now I’m obsessing over the details of this one idea for a novel that I’ve been tinkering with for the last year or so

Clearly, I have a huge reading problem that turns reading into a compulsion for me.

That’s not even bringing up my compulsive knitting/crocheting.  Or the growing number of Facebook games (AVENGERS ALLIANCE WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?) I’ve been playing to help me get out of my funk.  Or even my love for the TV show Castle.

Anyway, that’s the reason why I haven’t been posting on this blog.  Jeez, I wonder if anyone else has this same kind of first world problem?